FIFA 11 was two years old.
EA has announced that early next year it will be stopping online services or reducing servers to games like FIFA 11, NBA 11 and NBA Jam.
Normally I would be livid but considering the rate at which people buy the new EA games, it gives a signal that very few are playing the old ones. This could apply to FIFA, however, being a 2 year old game, it’s not ethical to close severs even if there are a 1000 guys playing it and forcing them to move on to the new one.
Here’s what they had to say about it.
“The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy. The development teams and operational staff pour their hearts into these games almost as much as the customers playing them and it is hard to see one retired,” they wrote on their website.
“But as games get replaced with newer titles, the number of players still enjoying the older games dwindles to a level — fewer than 1% of all peak online players across all EA titles — where it’s no longer feasible to continue the behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping these games up and running. We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99% of customers playing our more popular games. We hope you have gotten many hours of enjoyment out of the games and we appreciate your ongoing patronage.”
These are the games whose servers were closed.